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Enfield Council has been allocated government funding totalling £1.55 million to spend on active travel schemes: £1.3 million to pay for two cycleway schemes and £160,000 for phase 2 of the Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN), which would use a "bus gate" to give relief to the long suffering residents of Brownlow Road. Additionally, the council is hopeful of obtaining funding from Transport for London in the next financial year for phase 2 of the Connaught Gardens LTN and is planning to start work on two further LTNs, in Upper Edmonton.

The Active Travel Fund

The money is Enfield's share of the £175 million being allocated to councils throughout England by the Department for Transport (DfT), representing tranche 2 of what was originally referred to as the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) but is now known simply as the Active Travel Fund. The EATF was earmarked for rapid changes designed to encourage and facilitate walking and cycling against the background of sharply reduced usage of public transport because of coronavirus restrictions. Consequently, councils were given very short deadlines (a few weeks) during which to engage with the public, design schemes and build them.

Tranche 2 money will be spent on schemes designed for the longer term. Government deadlines for implementation will be longer and councils will have to confirm that they have consulted all appropriate local stakeholders, including businesses, emergency services, and local MPs.

Enfield Council announced the news of its successful bid in a press release published this afternoon. The full text is at the bottom of this article.

Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood, phase 2

ESSP940 Bowes QN A3 A5 web FINAL 002 700pxPhase 1 of the Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood scheme was implemented in late summer. Phase 2 will install a "bus gate" at some point on Brownlow Road to prevent its being used as a through route by motorists. It may also require closure of the southern end of Westbury Road. Click on the image for a larger version

£160,000 of the DfT funding will go to phase 2 of the Bowes LTN. Phase 1, implemented in late summer 2020, has created peaceful streets on either side of Brownlow Road but may have actually exacerbated the situation in the street which has suffered most from through traffic - Brownlow Road itself. For many years the volume of traffic has far exceeded the street's capacity and residents have had to endure noise, fumes and danger. Queues of cars often stretch back along nearly the whole length of the street, waiting for the lights at the northern end, where priority is given to the North Circular Road traffic.


"A bus gate for Brownlow" was the dream of residents in Bowes ward who last year came together to campaign for a low-traffic neighbourhood.

Phase 2, if it goes ahead, will bring to fruition the dreams of a group of residents who last year set up Healthy Streets Bounds Green, calling for, among other things, a "bus gate for Brownlow". This is exactly what the council is proposing to do. A bus gate is a camera-controlled point which only buses, emergency vehicles, bikes and people on foot are permitted to pass. To prevent problems for other local roads, design and consultation will need to be closely coordinated with neighbouring Haringey Council, which has also received funding for LTNs in the Bounds Green area, and with Transport for London. In particular, the scheme might require TfL to allow traffic to turn right out of Bounds Green Road onto the North Circular at Hobart Corner.

Phase 1 of the Bowes scheme is currently operating as a trial with formal consultation running concurrently and due to end in February. Depending on feedback received and after reviewing data relating to the effect on other roads, bus running times, emergency services and other considerations, the council may decide to abandon the scheme, to amend it, or to make it permanent. If amended, the trial and formal consultation period will be extended. A possible way of amending the scheme would be to change it around so that residents and visitors access the streets from the Bounds Green Road direction, rather than from the north.

More low-traffic neighbourhoods in prospect

busiest routes through the connaught gardens quieter neighbourhood

Some of several rat-runs that the Connaught Gardens scheme is designed to eliminate

The press release also states that the further funding from TfL, anticipated at the start of the new financial year (April), will be prioritised for the Connaught Gardens quieter neighbourhood. Phase 1 of this scheme, a small one-way system in Palmers Green (Windsor Road, Osborne Road, Lightcliffe Road and New River Crescent) is currently being trialled.

Initial engagement on phase 2 - which would prevent rat-running to the east of Green Lanes - has finished. Residents for the Connaught Gardens LTN, a group campaigning for implementation of the scheme, was set up last month and can be contacted at .

New cycleways

The bulk of the new money allocated to Enfield will be spent on cycling infrastructure (low-traffic neighbourhoods are far cheaper). There are two projects - more construction of cycle lanes along the A1010 (Ponders End High Street) and work on a cycleway linking Enfield Town and Ponders End. The original plan to put cycle lanes along Southbury Road has been abandoned and the cycleway will instead use streets further south.

A1010S to NMH Cycle Route map

Two further walking and cycling routes are currently being built. The first provides a link between the A1010 cycle lanes and the North Middlesex Hospital via Pymmes Park and will eventually join up with the Tottenham to Old Street section of Cycleway 1. The other, Angel Walk, runs between Edmonton Green and the new Meridian Water development.


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Statement from Enfield Council on funding from the Active Travel Fund

Enfield Council is pleased to have received additional funding from the Department tor Transport (DfT) Active Travel Fund, more than ten times the amount received in the first tranche last year. These funds can be used tor Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and strategie cycle routes, as part of the government plans to help prevent a move back into cars and to promote alternative torms of travel tor short journeys, tollowing the COVID-19 crisis.

The funding is for:

  • Bowes Low Traffic Neighbourhood Phase 2 - £160,000 has been allocated to this project which will enable further design and implementation (subject to approvals) on the bus gate proposals along with any associated changes to Phase 1
  • Completion of Cycleway 1, the section between Ponders End and the A1010/Southbury Road junction - £690,000 has been allocateci to this project
  • Progression of the Enfield Town to Ponders End cycleway - £700,000 has been allocated to this project.

The Council will now finalise the engagement and consultation pian tor each of these projects, details of which will be published on our Let's Talk project pages. The DfT has confirmed that this funding does not come with the eight week implementation constraints that were imposed on the Council for the first tranche of funding. This is welcomed and will allow us to apply our normai process of engagement with the community before any implementation. The Bowes project will progress in conjunction with Haringey Council and their own Low Traffic Neighbourhood plans, along with Transport for London.

The Council anticipates further funding from Transport for London at the start of the new Financial Year. This funding will be prioritised tor the Connaught Gardens Quieter Neighbourhood. Also, early community engagement on two new Quieter Neighbourhood projects in Upper Edmonton will begin later in the year.

Further details on the Quieter Neighbourhoods projects can be tound at:

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Adrian Day posted a reply
07 Jan 2021 14:04
Lots of good news here - in particular that communities in the east of the Borough will soon be enjoying the benefits of low traffic neighbourhoods and more cycling infrastructure. Great the momentum is gathering pace,
Sue Hicketts posted a reply
08 Jan 2021 14:31
Such good news. Recent events and the climate crisis mean an increased focus on enjoying and supporting our local communities. My local area now reaches further than before simply because I can get there easily and safely without using a car.
Adrian Day posted a reply
14 Jan 2021 10:40
School Streets and LTNs are good for children! "A school in Enfield which was designated a School Street, and then became part of a wider LTN, saw the proportion of children traveling to school by car reduce by 18 percentage points in a year". Read the latest report
Karl Brown posted a reply
28 Jan 2021 12:57
My heart sank when reading in today's press that Coventry will be the first council to build an urban airport for flying cars (and drones), operating under government backed plans to “cut road congestion and pollution”. The initial opening of the trial site is this November. Rooftops no less are seen as future “airport” options.
I suppose it is one solution once you have finally concluded that our roads really are too full of private traffic, but a nightmare future surely beckons as individuals instead criss-cross our rooftops; traders demand space for flying cars to land else they will go out of business; others demand dedicated flying car lanes; a Save Our Green Air group will surely emerge, all until we finally obtain a Low Air Traffic Neighbourhood.
I can’t help but think ultra-low cost and widespread public transport plus a bicycle might be cheaper, greener, better for personal health and rather good for personal interactions to counter the loneliness of the otherwise solo flyer.